My “real” job is that of GIS, Science, and Geodesign Evangelist at Esri. As the title implies, one of my broad areas of responsibility is getting the word out about the value of geographic information system (GIS) technology. And the recent advent of Story Maps has made this a lot easier.
What are Story Maps? “Story Maps combine intelligent Web maps with Web applications and templates that incorporate text, multimedia, and interactive functions. Story Maps inform, educate, entertain, and inspire people about a wide variety of topics.” You can see some great examples here.
Lately I’ve been thinking about new applications for Story Maps, and it’s very easy to see to overlap between my work in technology and my passion for the outdoors. I have a number of ideas in mind, which I will prototype and share on this blog over the coming months, but first: my Flatwater Kayaking Story Map, which showcases of 60+ paddle-powered adventures across California, Nevada, and Wyoming. Enjoy!